Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Ursuline Academy
We learn not for school but for life.
5535 Pfeiffer Road
Blue Ash (Cincinnati), Ohio, (Hamilton County), 45242
United States
Coordinates 39°14′53″N 84°22′16″W / 39.24806°N 84.37111°W / 39.24806; -84.37111Coordinates: 39°14′53″N 84°22′16″W / 39.24806°N 84.37111°W / 39.24806; -84.37111
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1896
Opened 1970
CEEB Code 361125
President Sharon Redmond
Principal Tom Barhorst
Asst. Principal Mary Bender, Jill Hallahan
Teaching staff 60
Grades 912
Enrollment 710 (2014-2015)
Average class size 18-25
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Color(s) Green and Gold             
Slogan Voice. Values. Vision.
Athletics conference Girls Greater Cincinnati League
Team name Lions
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper 'The Lion's Roar'
Yearbook 'Paw Prints'
Tuition $11,850
Affiliation Ursulines
Literary Magazine Chalkdust
Director of Admissions Molly McClarnon
Athletic Director Diane Redmond

Ursuline Academy is a four-year college-preparatory independent girls’ Catholic high school founded by the Ursuline sisters of Brown County, Ohio in 1896. Current enrollment numbers 722 students from all over Greater Cincinnati (representing 50 different zip codes).

Ursuline offers a curriculum of over 100 courses specifically designed to prepare the student for the demands of college level programs. A modular schedule (see below) is enhanced by the open-area structure which provides flexible learning areas. Twenty-six different co-curricular activities are available to students including 13 different sports at various levels.


The tuition for 2014-2015 is $11,850, $275 additional for technology; $175 additional for activity fee. Tuition does not include fees for Kairos and Graduation. Each class level has certain fees such as retreat fees, special class equipment fees, etc.

Modular Schedule[edit]

During the 1970s, Ursuline switched to a modular schedule. This consists of 6 days (lettered A-F) each with 18 modules. Each mod is 20 min, with a 3 min passing time between each one added in 2004. Classes range from 2-4 modules long. Students say that the schedule works very well in helping them with time management and responsibility.

Each also has a certain number of free mods each day to eat, study, do homework, work in the library, or socialize. As the choice of classes becomes more open to each student, free mods become more abundant. A typical student would have between 21 and 40 free mods a cycle, depending on the number of classes taken.

Different schedule days are set up so that mods can be shortened, (to incorporate time for a pep rally, department meeting, etc.) but are never skipped.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Ursuline Academy's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[2] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[3]

Ursuline has an extensive film and video department, complete with an editing studio and an annual film festival which includes schools from the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Ursuline Writing Center is a service for students seeking dialogue and assistance regarding their writing. The Writing Center is staffed by carefully selected and trained upperclasswomen and the English Department faculty. Through one-on-one sessions of reading, response, conversation and writing -- peer tutors and faculty members assist students to become their own best composers and editors. Within this format, the center's core mission is to support writing at all grade levels and in all subjects and offered languages. The Writing Center is open every school day during Mods 3-16.


Ursuline Academy is a member of the GGCL[4]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

  • Girls Tennis - 1994
  • Girls Tennis - Doubles 2012
  • Girls Tennis - Singles 2011
  • Girls Volleyball - 1975, 1993, 2002, 2009, 2012
  • Girls Swimming and Diving – 1991, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2014
  • Girls Golf – 1999


Other Athletic Accomplishments[edit]

  • Golf State Runner-up 1992, 1998, 2003
  • Swimming and Diving State Runner-up 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Volleyball State Runner-up 1995, 2001, 2003, 2008
  • Volleyball National Runner Up 2009
  • Tennis State Runner-up 2000, 2011
  • Field Hockey Final Four State - 1998, 2001, 2012
  • Cross Country State Qualifier - 2003, 2013

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Marguerite Clark (Class of 1899) - Silent film actress[5]
  • Annie Lennon (Class of 2009) - Sprinter for Xavier University
  • Erin Phenix (Class of 1999) - 2000 Olympics - Swimming gold medalist Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay
  • Theresa Rebeck (Class of 1976) - Playwright, novelist and screenwriter
  • Linda Vester (Class of 1983) - Former news anchor at NBC and Fox News
  • Sharon Wheatley (Class of 1985) - Broadway actress and writer
  • Amy Yasbeck (Class of 1980) - Actress and widow of actor John Ritter


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. "...by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL." 
  4. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  5. ^ Nunn, Curtis (1981). Marguerite Clark, America's Darling of Broadway and the Silent Screen. TCU Press. p. 4. 

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